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China has began limiting actors’ pay. The new limit will mean actors cannot be paid more than 40% of the total cost of the movie. Also, lead actors cannot earn more than 70% of the total casting costs.

This has occurred after a large debate in China. Recently, many people have been discussing celebrity pay. This is because a TV presenter posted on Twitter. The presenter posted a picture of a famous actress’ contract with a movie studio. The contract was worth $1.6m. The presenter explained that many celebrities often have two contracts with studios. He said they will only report the lower-valued contract to the government. They do this so they can pay less taxes. The two contracts are called “yin and yang” contracts.

Many people believe the contract belonged to the most famous actresses in China, Fan Bingbing. Her and her studio have said this is not true. In June, the Chinese government began investigating tax evasion with people in film and TV.

This tax evasion is one of the reasons the government has made a limit on actor’s pay. The Chinese government also say they have created the limit because of “money worship“. They do not like how young people worship celebrities. They have said it teaches bad lessons. They have also told the studios that protecting people is more important than making more money from movies.

Difficult words

Casting: Choosing actors to play a character.

Occur: To happen.

Debate: An argument.

Celebrity: A famous person.

Presenter: A person who introduces things on TV or radio.

Contract: A document making promises.

Lower-value: Worth less money.

Tax: An extra fee paid by people that goes to the government.

Evasion: To avoid.

Worship: To strongly adore something.

Activities

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Match the Synonym!

 1. Casting  A. Famous
 2. Occur  B. Promise
 3. Debate  C. Happen
 4. Celebrity  D. Choose actors
 5. Contract  E. Argue

True or False?

1. China has increased actors’ pay. T / F

2. Many people in Japan are talking about actors’ pay. T / F

3. A TV presenter posted on Twitter. T / F

4. Actors in China try to pay more taxes. T / F

5. The Chinese government think young people love celebrities too much.T / F

Unscramble the sentence!

1. China / has / limit / actors’ / to / begun / pay

2. has / This / in / occurred / after / a / China / large / debate

3. presenter / posted / a / The / picture

4. lessons / have / it / They / bad / teaches / said

5. people / celebrity / have / pay / many / discussing / Recently, / been

Listening and Vocabulary

Listen to the article and fill in the words OR practice vocabulary and fill in the words.

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Teaches Limiting Report
Discussing Worship Investigating

China has began ____________ actors’ pay. The new limit will mean actors cannot be paid more than 40% of the total cost of the movie. Also, lead actors cannot earn more than 70% of the total casting costs.

This has occurred after a large debate in China. Recently, many people have been ______________ celebrity pay. This is because a TV presenter posted on Twitter. The presenter posted a picture of a famous actress’ contract with a movie studio. The contract was worth $1.6m. The presenter explained that many celebrities often have two contracts with studios. He said they will only __________ the lower-valued contract to the government. They do this so they can pay less taxes. The two contracts are called “yin and yang” contracts.

Many people believe the contract belonged to the most famous actresses in China, Fan Bingbing. Her and her studio have said this is not true. In June, the Chinese government began _______________ tax evasion with people in film and TV.

This tax evasion is one of the reasons the government has made a limit on actor’s pay. The Chinese government also say they have created the limit because of “money worship“. They do not like how young people _____________ celebrities. They have said it ____________ bad lessons. They have also told the studios that protecting people is more important than making more  money from movies.

Conversation Questions

Take turns speaking with a partner or try to answer on your own:

1. Did you find this article interesting? Why or why not?
2. Did you learn anything new from this article? If so, what?
3. What do you think about China’s new policy?
4. Do you think celebrities get paid too much?
5. How are celebrities treated in your country?
6.  Do you think people worship celebrities too much?
7. Do you think famous people evade taxes in your country?
8. Was it wrong for these celebrities to make two contracts?
9. If you were them, would you try to evade taxes?
10. Do you know what taxes are spent on in your country?
11. Would you like to be able to choose exactly where your tax money goes?
12. Would you prefer to live in a country with no taxes?
13. Are the tax rates high in your country?
14. Do you think the government should control how much people get paid?
15.  Do you think movie studios should think more about the welfare of society?
16. Do you think China will become the world’s biggest film market?
17. How is the film and TV industry in your country?
18. Do you watch domestic or international films more?
19. Who do you think will have the biggest film industry in 50 years from now?
20. Should there be more regulations on celebrities?